I have been taking the approximately month and a half to review the United States past Presidents as inspiration. All adult citizens are preparing to vote for the next President of the United States of America. Looking back, may prepare each of us to move forward. We can be inspired by the Presidents of the United States of America.
John Tyler was the 10th President of the United States of America. He held the office from April 4, 1841 until March 4, 1845. His succession to the Presidency after William Henry Harrison’s death was disputed, however President Tyler began acting as President and insisted on respect of his Presidency.
John Tyler was born in 1790 in Charles City County, Virginia. His family members were deeply involved in politics. He was raised on a plantation with slaves. He attended the College of William and Mary. He graduated from the collegiate branch when he was 17 years old. He then studied law with his father who was a state judge. John was admitted to the bar when he was 19 years old. He started a law practice in Richmond, Virginia.
In 1811, John started in Virginia politics. In 1816, he became a Member of the United States House of Representative from Virginia. He next served a term as the Governor of Virginia. He became a Senator from Virginia and then President pro tempore of the United States Senate. He took some time with his family and law practice before becoming Vice President and then President in 1841.
John Tyler was married twice and had more children than any other President. He married his first wife, Letitia Christian, in 1790. They had eight children. She died of a stroke in 1842. John then married Julia Gardiner in 1844. They had seven children. It is possible that he, also, fathered children with slaves.
A nickname of John Tyler was His Accidency. This name came from the fact that he was the first President to become President due to the death of his predecessor. His Presidency has been rated poorly by many of his contemporaries, as well as, historians.
John Tyler has been memorialized and depicted in popular culture. Places are named after him. This includes Tyler, Texas as Texas’ annexation was one of his accomplishments as President.
After his term as President, he retired to a Virginia plantation. He was appointed to be a local overseer of roads and asked to give occasional speeches. He participated in a Virginia Peace Conference. He soon saw the South’s departure from the country as the path that should be taken. He was elected to the Provisional Confederate Congress. He was then elected to the Confederate House of Representatives. He died in early 1862 before the first session. Places have been named after him and he has been memorialized.
Be inspired! Have a bright day!